Gans on tour this week

May 12th, 2019

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia!

  • Tuesday, May 14, 7:30pm: The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC, opening for The Sweet Lilies
  • Wednesday, May 15: Charleston Pour House, 1977 May Bank Hwy, Charleston SC. With Reckoning and Tenth Mountain Division. Advance tickets here
  • Thursday, May 16: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 510 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte NC
  • Friday, May 17: MadLife Stage & Studios, Woodstock GA with Frankly Scarlet
  • Saturday, May 18: Local Motive Brewing Company, 123 N Dargan St, Florence SC
  • Sunday, May 19, 12:30-3:30pm: Wicked Weed Brewing Co., Asheville NC. Free show!
  • And Illinois in June!

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1599

    May 12th, 2019

    Week of May 13, 2019

    Part 1 28:26
    Grateful Dead 12/28/81 Oakland Auditorium
    CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
    I KNOW YOU RIDER
    MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER
    SHIP OF FOOLS

    Part 2 27:34
    Grateful Dead 12/28/81 Oakland Auditorium
    EYES OF THE WORLD->
    PIANO SOLO->
    DRUMS

    Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
    BLACK THROATED WIND (5/19/74)

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour May 31 to July 6.

    The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra returns to The Cap May 17 and 18, encapsulating the energy and experience of the Dead at one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite venues! String Cheese Incident plays The Cap over Memorial Day Weekend, And founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh joins forces with Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and some special friends on June 11 and 12. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1598

    May 5th, 2019

    Week of May 6, 2019

    Part 1 37:39
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    UNCLE JOHN’S BAND->
    NOT FADE AWAY->
    WHARF RAT->
    AROUND AND AROUND->
    ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT

    Part 2 18:01
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
    Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
    TENNESSEE JED (4/8/72)

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, May 15, legendary broadcaster Larry King will recount some of the biggest stories and interviews of his career in conversation with Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro. Dark Star Orchestra brings the Grateful Dead concert experience to The Cap on May 17 and 18. Keller Williams brings his carefree and creative spirit to Garcia’s for two intimate shows May 30 and 31. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Mandolin Orange, Robben Ford and Bill Evans, Keller Williams, Fragile Thunder, and Victor Krummenacher.

    Steal Your Cruise, a five-day Royal Caribbean adventure hosted by Unlimited Devotion, with special guest David Gans. Steal Your Cruise sails out of Ft Lauderdale November 21-25. Live music and special activities every day! Information and reservations at stealyourcruise.com

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1597

    April 28th, 2019

    Week of April 29, 2019

    Part 1 24:30
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    SPANISH JAM->
    DRUMS->
    SPACE

    Part 2 31:11
    Bruce Hornsby, Absolute Zero (Thirty Tigers)
    TAKE YOU THERE (MISTY)
    Dead & Company 11/17/17 TD Garden, Boston MA
    JACK STRAW
    Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74 (Rhino)
    HERE COMES SUNSHINE (6/26/73)

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour May 31 to July 6.

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes Larry King, iconic radio and television host and CNN television journalist, on Wednesday, May 15, in an interview with Peter Shapiro, talking about his interviews with Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lady Gaga, and Bono, and more. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, The Capitol Theatre’s venue-within-a-venue. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Also on sale now at The Capitol Theatre is legendary Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra on May 17 and 18! For nearly two decades, Dark Star has been performing sets from the Grateful Dead’s touring history, adapting the music, staging, and equipment to evoke the time period of the show they’re performing. Tickets are available now at the box office or at thecapitoltheatre.com

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1596

    April 21st, 2019

    Week of April 22, 2019

    Part 1 22:50
    Dead & Company 11/19/17 TD Garden, Boston MA
    HERE COMES SUNSHINE
    Joe Craven and the Sometimers 3/2/19 KPFA Performance Studio, Berkeley CA
    HELP ON THE WAY->
    SLIPKNOT!

    Part 2 32:27
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    SHAKEDOWN STREET->
    LOST SAILOR->
    SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

    From Gary Lambert: “Due to the ever-growing popularity of Dead & Company, the band and Rhino Records have teamed up to make high-quality audio recordings of entire tours available on major streaming platforms, as well as for purchase via download. The program began earlier this year with the Fall 2017 tour as well as several shows from early 2018 (the first “Playing In The Sand Event” as well as three shows originally scheduled for the fall in New Orleans and Florida, which had to be rescheduled due to John Mayer’s emergency appendectomy). The shows were released in groups of two per week, with selected tracks offered in video form on Dead & Company’s YouTube page. For more information, go to dead.net, and keep an eye out for more tour recordings to be released later this year.”

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Fab Faux play fan favorites and music from the Beatles solo years at The Cap on Saturday, May 4. On Wednesday, May 15, The Cap welcomes iconic radio and television host Larry King, 2ith stories and behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture, interviewed by Peter Shapiro. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, The Capitol Theatre’s venue-within-a-venue. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Also on sale now at The Capitol Theatre is legendary Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra on May 17 and 18! For nearly two decades, Dark Star has been performing sets from the Grateful Dead’s touring history, adapting the music, staging, and equipment to evoke the time period of the show they’re performing.  Tickets are available now at the box office or at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Mandolin Orange, Robben Ford and Bill Evans, Keller Williams, Fragile Thunder, and Victor Krummenacher.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1595

    April 14th, 2019

    Week of April 15, 2019

    Part 1 26:46
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    IT’S ALL OVER NOW
    BIRD SONG->
    MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

    Part 2 29:12
    Joe Craven and the Sometimers 3/2/19 KPFA Performance Studio
    SCARLET BEGONIAS
    Grateful Dead (rehearsal) 7/12/76 Orpheum Theater, San Francisco
    EYES OF THE WORLD
    Jerry Garcia Band, Cats Under the Stars (Round)
    CATS UNDER THE STARS

    You’ve heard all or most of the tracks from the amazing album Garcia Songbook by Joe Craven and the Sometimers. The band performed live in the KPFA Performance studio in Berkeley on the day of our annual 16-hour fund-raising marathon, and we’ll hear more highlights from that set in the weeks to come.

    The unreleased live Grateful Dead recording we’re enjoying right now was recorded by Larry Oppenheimer. It is the first known PCM digital recording of the band. Charlie Miller restored and remastered the recording (from VHS cassettes!). Our great thanks to both men for sharing this recording with us!

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour May 31 to July 6.

    The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Direct from its smash-hit run on Broadway, the international music sensation ROCKTOPIA comes to the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, May 2, fusing the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces – Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more—performed by a five-piece rock band, a thirty-person choir, and an orchestra. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Also on sale now at The Capitol Theatre is legendary Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra on May 17 and 18! For nearly two decades, Dark Star has been adapting the music, staging, and equipment to evoke the time period of the Grateful Dead show they’re re-creating.  Tickets are available now at the box office or at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    DG: on the road again!

    April 13th, 2019

    Back on the road next week! Details and links at dgans.com

    Friday, April 19: Old Shoe and DG at Kenny’s Westside Pub, 112 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria IL

    Saturday, April 20: Deadfest at The Wire, Berwyn IL. Solo and with Old Shoe

    Sunday, April 21: House concert in Holt MI. Contact me for info/reservations.

    Tuesday, April 23: DG and Deadicated at Otus Supply, 345 E Nine Mile Road, Ferndale MI

    Wednesday, April 24, 7pm: The Parlor, Columbus OH

    Thursday, April 25: Bigfoot County and DG at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary, 1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke VA. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8

    Saturday, April 27: Greensboro NC – UNCG Grateful Dead conference! DG plays 6-8pm at Tate Street Coffee House w/ Jon Walters and joins Spartans Play Dead in The Van Dyke Performance Space at 9pm

    Sunday, May 5, 2pm: Yerba Buena Orchestra at the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA

    Thursday, May 9, 7:30-9pm: Yerba Buena Orchestra (trio) at Iron Springs Public House, 901 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA. Free!

    Tuesday, May 14: The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC, opening for The Sweet Lilies

    Wednesday, May 15: Charleston Pour House, 1977 May Bank Hwy, Charleston SC. With Reckoning and Tenth Mountain Division.

    Thursday, May 16: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 510 Brar Creek Road, Charlotte NC

    Friday, May 17: MadLife Stage & Studios, Woodstock GA with Frankly Scarlet

    Saturday, May 18: Local Motive Brewing Company, 123 N Dargan St, Florence SC

    Sunday, May 19, 4-7pm: Wicked Weed Brewing Co., Asheville NC

    November 21-25: Steal Your Cruise, Port Everglades FL. DG joins Unlimited Devotion for a cruise! On sale now!

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1594

    April 7th, 2019

    Week of April 8, 2019

    Part 1 40:25
    Grateful Dead 4/17/82 Civic Center, Hartford CT
    SUGAREE->
    EL PASO
    JACKAROE->
    LITTLE RED ROOSTER
    TENNESSEE JED

    Part 2 15:20
    Jerry Garcia Band, Electric on the Eel (Round Records)
    GOMORRAH
    Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 10/22/18 Keller Auditorium, Portland OR
    ONLY A RIVER

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour kicks off Friday, April 19 at The Cap featuring former ZAPPA bandmates. On Thursday, May 2, direct from its smash-hit run on Broadway, the international music sensation ROCKTOPIA comes to the Cap, fusing the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Also on sale now at The Capitol Theatre is legendary Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra on May 17 and 18! DSO adapts the music, staging, and equipment to evoke the time period of the Dead show they’re performing.  Tickets are available now at the box office or at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Mandolin Orange, Robben Ford and Bill Evans, Keller Williams, Fragile Thunder, and Victor Krummenacher.

    “The Town That Still Believes in Magic”

    April 3rd, 2019

    Last month, Scott Guberman and I got together and wrote a song, “The Town That Still Believes in Magic.” We recorded it on March 16, and finished the mix yesterday.

    The Dead to Me podcast premiered the track in this week’s episode, “Zen of the Dead” (And I was interviewed in last week’s episode).

    And here is the finished song, uncut.

    Scott Guberman: piano, organ, vocals; David Gans: guitar, vocals; Robin Sylvester, bass; Greg Anton, drums. Recorded by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound, Oakland, March 16, 2019.

    We spent $935 making this recording; we’re offering it on a “pay what you want” basis (including free!) – we’d love to recover that money so we can invest it in another session!

    THE TOWN THAT STILL BELIEVES IN MAGIC
    by Scott Guberman and David Gans. ©2019 Whispering Hallelujah Music (BMI)

    In the town that still believes in magic
    Children play and laughter fills the air
    It’s a trip beyond imagination
    A lovely place to have your soul repaired

    In the town that still believes in magic
    Music is the language of our peace
    Every day is cause for celebration
    Harmony, perspective, and release

    Celebrate the ties that bind
    Leave your fear and dread behind, and rise
    You will see it and believe it
    It’s revealed to you when you arrive

    In the town that still believes in magic
    People still buy records in the store
    The concert hall is filled with people listening
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore


    Photos by Stuart Steinhardt

    Kind review of a recent live show

    April 1st, 2019

    David —

    can’t remember the last time I looked up a performer’s lyrics the next morning.

    quality, thoughtfully written stuff that I happen to culturally agree with. . .

    and exactly the stuff that needs reinforcing in this particularly weird time. you gave a ton — very genuine and complete performance — the content of the lyrics, the fingerpicking, the cosmic loop music — really terrific assortment of sounds and feelings, all from one musician. plus a good message of firmness, resolve, and hope.

    Rob Catterton

    (He attended my house concert in Santa Rosa CA on Saturday, March 30)

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1593

    March 31st, 2019

    Week of April 1, 2019

    Part 1 19:15
    Ace of Cups (High Moon Records)
    THE WELL (Featuring Bob Weir)
    Grateful Dead rehearsal 7/12/76 Orpheum Theater, San Francisco
    DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS

    Part 2 36:20
    Grateful Dead 12/2/81 U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign-Urbana IL
    NEVER TRUST A WOMAN
    CUMBERLAND BLUES->
    LOOKS LIKE RAIN
    CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
    I KNOW YOU RIDER

    The Ace of Cups story is amazing! Take a look at some of the press coverage. They were an all-female band in San Francisco, on the bill with all the greats, but they never got to make a record back in the day.

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour May 31 to July 6.

    The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, April 19, Frank Zappa returns for the first time since November 10, 1974. 45 years later, The Cap will world premiere the hologram show, celebrating Zappa’s music, surreal imagery, and humor and pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Then iconic folk singer and activist Joan Baez plays the final shows on her “Fare Thee Well” tour on May 3 and 5. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Steal Your Cruise, a five-day Royal Caribbean adventure hosted by Unlimited Devotion, with special guest David Gans. Steal Your Cruise sails out of Ft Lauderdale November 21-25, with live music and special activities every day! Information and reservations at stealyourcruise.com

    Review of DROP THE BONE

    March 26th, 2019

    Derk Richardson reviews Drop the Bone in the March 2019 issue of Oakland Magazine.

    ‘…the superbly produced Drop the Bone captures his eclectic range and deep Bay Area relationships….the openhearted, good-time feel bends through several genres in the original songs, instrumentals, and renditions of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” and George Harrison’s “Here Come the Sun,” with stellar contributions by Thompsonia, Terry Haggerty, Lorin and Chris Rowan, and many others.’

    More info and ordering links here.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1592

    March 24th, 2019

    Week of March 25, 2019

    Part 1 16:43
    Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Acoustic on the Eel (Round Records)
    FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
    Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 2/28/19 State Theater, Ithaca NY
    BOMBS AWAY

    Part 2 38:23
    Grateful Dead 12/2/81 U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign-Urbana IL
    BERTHA->
    GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
    FENNARIO
    MAMA TRIED->
    MEXICALI BLUES
    BROWN-EYED WOMEN
    PASSENGER

    A couple of months ago I got a package from Candace Brightman, who was the Grateful Dead’s lighting designer for more than 20 years. The box contained a handful of cassettes she had found in a closet, and she thoughtfully sent them along to me in case there was anything worth putting on the radio. Here’s one of those tapes – set 1 of December 2, 1981 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. We’ll hear the rest of set 1 next week (but I don’t have set 2, sorry to say). Enjoy!

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Lettuce comes to The Cap on Saturday, 4/20 with their classic funk, smooth and soulful grooves, and hip-hop-inspired beats. On Thursday, April 25, Nile Rodgers & CHIC come for a disco dance party at The Cap. The Fab Faux play fan favorites and music from the Beatles solo years at The Cap on Saturday, May 4. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, The Capitol Theatre’s venue-within-a-venue. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Mandolin Orange, Robben Ford and Bill Evans, Keller Williams, Fragile Thunder, and Victor Krummenacher.

    video from the recording session

    March 17th, 2019

    Not much to look at, but you can hear what the song and jam sound like! The full story is here, with song lyrics.

    In the town that still believes in magic…

    March 17th, 2019

    I just had one of the highest experiences of my life, musical or otherwise.

    Three weeks ago, Scott Guberman and I got together at his house in Fairfax to write a song. I had a line of lyric and three lines of music, and I said: “This song could be about Fairfax.” Three hours later, we had a new song.

    “The Town That Still Believes in Magic” sounded like a folk song with a Pink Floyd bridge when I left Scott’s house with a rudimentary demo. We thought about it and conferred a little while later, and agreed that it should be speeded up some. Then we made a plan to record it. We recruited Greg Anton on drums and Robin Sylvester on bass, and we met on Saturday, March 16 at Megasonic Sound in Oakland.

    This is one of the best rhythm sections I have ever worked with! I have played with Robin, onstage and in the studio, a lot in recent years, but Greg and I have not done much together. His playing on this session blew my mind.

    I had suggested to Scott in a text the night before that we start with a keyboard-based groove. I had in mind a chunkier, more rock’n’roll rhythm than we had come up with on the day we wrote it. Scott showed us an intro that reminded me of Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender,” one of my role-model records for both composition and execution. That led us to an entirely new tempo and atmosphere – a most welcome one.

    Our bridge had struck us as dangerously Pink Floyd-ish, and my initial impulse was to downplay that and alter the melody a bit. But we all arrived at the session ready to Go There, so we had a conversation about the arrangement and the vibe and then started playing, going from “The Pretender” to Pink Floyd.

    On the second (?) take, the post-jam reprise had a nice bouncy “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” feel to it, and I loved the way that setting served the (decidedly self-serving, as you’ll hear in the song) lyrics of the last verse.

    I think it was the third take that we kept. I had expected we would need one more, but we reviewed it over Beauty’s Bagels and cream cheese and determined that we had a keeper. The Neil Young feel was gone, but we were all very happy with what we had.

    I was literally laughing out loud at the end of each take, from the pure joy of the experience. Robin is always magnificent, and Greg was just brilliant while bringing feels, textures and grooves unlike any other drummer I know. Scott and I discovered a nice way of playing instinctively together, sometimes doing very conscious conversation, other times just feeling our way along and trusting the synergy.

    Some punch-ins, new vocals, some double-tracking – and then Greg suggested that instead of taking turns singing a solo verse in the first half, we do both verses as duets to match what had evolved in the rest of the song.

    Once we had all the pieces we needed to complete the song, we set it aside and went back in the studio to jam. After a short throat-clearing thing that didn’t develop, we played a ten-minute jam, which came to an easy stop; without saying a word, we paused for a few seconds and then launched into another jam. That one was about six minutes, and then – again, with little to no discussion – we went into a third jam, which evolved into “Cassidy’s Cat”; we wound up with nine very satisfying minutes of that.

    I’m going back in on Tuesday with engineer Jeremy Goody to finish the mixing of “Town,” and we’ll “release” the song and “Cat” on Bandcamp as a digital-only “single.”

    The Town That Still Believes in Magic
    Scott Guberman and David Gans
    February 12, 2019; ©2019 Whispering Hallelujah Music (BMI)

    In the town that still believes in magic
    Children play and laughter fills the air
    It’s a trip beyond imagination
    A lovely place to have your soul repaired

    In the town that still believes in magic
    Music is the language of our peace
    Every day is cause for celebration
    Harmony, perspective, and release

    Celebrate the ties that bind
    Leave your fear and dread behind, and rise
    You will see it and believe it
    It’s revealed to you when you arrive

    In the town that still believes in magic
    People still buy records in the store
    The concert hall is filled with people listening
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore
    You don’t find that too often anymore

    Photo by Stuart Steinhardt